UPDATE 1-Brazil dictatorship probe urges prosecuting military, companies

miércoles 10 de diciembre de 2014 17:21 GYT

(Adds more details from report, companies)

By Anthony Boadle and Brian Winter

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Dec 10 (Reuters) - A "truth commission" investigating abuses during Brazil's 1964-85 dictatorship called for the prosecution of former military officers and some private companies for their role in human rights atrocities, in a long-awaited report on Wednesday.

The probe's leaders presented their 2,000-page report to an emotional President Dilma Rousseff, herself a former Marxist militant who was jailed and tortured by the regime in the 1970s.

They identified 377 people, including some generals, as responsible for what they described as crimes against humanity, including the systematic use of torture, rape, forced disappearances and murder of the military's opponents.

About 200 of the alleged perpetrators are still alive.

Unlike some other Cold War-era dictatorships in South America, Brazil's military officers never faced trial, in part because they negotiated an amnesty law several years before leaving power that protected them from most future prosecution.

But leaders of the truth commission said the 1979 amnesty law should not apply to crimes against humanity.

Their detailed accounting of abuses did not initially appear to contain any unexpected bombshells, in part because much of the report's content was released beforehand.   Continuación...